Bigler
 

Descendants of Susan Dock and Jacob Bigler

by Tom Kitch

 

 

 

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1. John Bigler, born January 8, 1805 in Landisburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Died: November 29, 1871 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. Burial: City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. He married Elizabeth Graham between 1846 and 1849 in Mt. Sterling, Brown County, Illinois. She was born 1806 and died November 15, 1873 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. Burial: City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. John had one daughter but left no descendents. John was involved in newspaper publishing near Pittsburgh, Bellefonte and Clearfield Pennsylvania. He became a lawyer, moved to Illinois then on to California where he became a state assembly man then a two term State Governor. Later he served as Minister to Chile under President Buchanan.

2. Fannie Bigler, born June 28, 1807 in Landisburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Died April 1, 1895 in Delaware Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Bigler Cemetery, Hempfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married William Kitch about 1830 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born September 8, 1803 in Mercer County or Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to early Mercer County settlers David Kitch and Elizabeth Edeburn. He died November 8, 1847 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Fannie had 9 children who has left many descendents in Mercer County, Ohio and several western states.

3. Jacob G. Bigler born August 3, 1808 in Shermans Dale, Perry County, Pennsylvania. He died June 30, 1851 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Delaware Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He married Rebecca Showers, daughter of John Showers and Magdalena Schneider of Mercer County, Pennsylvania about1818 in Pennsylvania. She died after1880 in Venango County, Pennsylvania. Jacob fathered 9 children who have left descendents over Pennsylvania and New York.

4. Mary Ann Bigler, born November 25, 1809 in Shermans Dale, Perry County, Pennsylvania and died September 27, 1863 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Bigler Cemetery, Hempfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married Joseph Kitch about 1830 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born April 20, 1806 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania to David Kitch and Elizabeth Edeburn. He died September 30, 1871 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Bigler Cemetery, Hempfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Mary Ann had 7 children who have left many descendents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and many western states.

5. Catherine Bigler, born June 25, 1811 in Shermans Dale, Perry County, Pennsylvania, died September 14, 1864. She married Benjamin R. Mitchell on March 25, 1835 in Pennsylvania. He was probably the son of Samuel Mitchell and Elizabeth Rose of Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born December 25, 1813 and died February 1, 1863. To Catherine was born 5 children.

6. William Bigler was born January 11, 1814 in Shermans Dale, Perry County, Pennsylvania and died August 9, 1880 in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He married Maria Jane Reed, born July 7, 1816 to Alexander Reed and Rachel Read in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. She died July 14, 1898 in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. William fathered 5 children and has left descendents in Pennsylvania and many other states. William followed his brother John, in the newspaper publishing enterprise then entered the lumber business. William served in several state offices then as Governor of Pennsylvania. Afterwards he served as President of the Philadelphia & Lake Erie Railroad. He was elected United States Senator in 1856 for one term. He also served as a commissioner to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.

7. Susanna Bigler, born about 1816 in Pennsylvania, she died after 1880 in Venango County, Pennsylvania. She married James Cleary of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania between 1835 and 1845 in Pennsylvania. Susan raised four sons and have left many descendents in Ohio and beyond.

8. Caroline E. Bigler, born about 1819 in Pennsylvania and died July 4, 1899 in Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania. She married Jacob Rose on March 6, 1844 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born about 1817 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania to Jacob Rose and Susan Aldt. He died d: May 30, 1898 in Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania. Caroline was the mother of 12 children and has left descendents in Pennsylvania, New York and many western states.

9. George Washington Bigler, born February 28, 1820 in Perry County, Pennsylvania and died July 7, 1877 in Anomosa, Jones County, Iowa. He married Elizabeth Lorrine Seitzinger, born November 27, 1824 in Pottsville, Schuykill County, Pennsylvania to Jacob Seitzinger and Elizabeth Meier of Schuykill County, Pennsylvania. She died May 28, 1916 in Anomosa, Jones County, Iowa. George fathered 13 children, many of which died young but has left some descendents in Iowa and California. George also entered the newspaper business with his brothers then acted as a Federal customs officer in Philadelphia for several years, later he moved to Iowa and became a farmer.

10. Emelia Bigler, born about 1823 in Pennsylvania and died between1850 and 1870 in Pennsylvania. She lived with her mother in Delaware Township, Mercer County till her motherís death.

11. Margaret Bigler, born about 1826 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania and died around 1860. She married Joseph Livermore before 1843 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born about 1820 in Pennsylvania and died around 1860. Margaret had two children, one was adapted by her brother William after her death and one moved to Philadelphia.

12. Samuel Bigler was born between 1820 and 1827 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Very little is know of this son and presumed that he died young or moved west. (From the obituary of Susan Dock Bigler states she had 10 children to raise when her husband died and oldest son John was in Pittsburgh as an newspaper apprentice, that assumes Samuel must of died young.)

Tom Kitch

March 2003

 

                      

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